Left In Limbo: How Housing Benefit Changes Will Leave Young People Out In The Cold

Richard Hughes | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Hughes

While YMCA recognises the ideological premise behind the removal of automatic housing support for some young people with exemptions, it can only have the impact the Government desires with major policy change. That is why we are calling on the Government to take immediate action to address the failings in the policy.

Creating Body Confident Schools Is The First Step In Tackling Body Image Anxiety

Denise Hatton | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Denise Hatton

It is beyond doubt that for young people in this country today, who are caught up in an increasingly celebrity-idealised culture with 24-7 social media connectivity, that the impact of body image anxiety is incredibly worrying.

Be Real Pledge Aims To Put Health Above Appearance

Denise Hatton | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Denise Hatton

Today, the Be Real Campaign for body confidence releases its Body Image Pledge. Aimed at the media, music, fashion and advertising industries, it stands up for men and women who for years have said they want to see pictures on TV, in adverts and in magazines that, put simply, look like they do.

Half Of Young People Suffering Mental Health Stigma Are 'Bullied By Their Own Friends'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

More than half of young people who experience stigma due to mental health problems say their own friends are the ones who bully them. A new poll of ...

Helping Young People Access Mental Health Services Starts with Their Friends and Family

Denise Hatton | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Denise Hatton

Creating this would enable early intervention mental health services to, in effect, start even earlier, reducing the huge negative impacts mental health difficulties can have on young people.

Beyond the Ban

Denise Hatton | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

The increasing prevalence of legal highs use among young people represents a fundamental change in the UK drug scene, a change that the Government must realise cannot be solved by a ban alone.

Making YMCA's Manifesto - A Voice For Communities in Wales

Denise Hatton | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

It's that time again. The starting pistol is set to sound on another Assembly Election and politicians are about to start their customary mass exodus from Cardiff Bay to join the campaign trail.

Nothing Grey About the EU Issue

Denise Hatton | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

In a recent piece of research undertaken by YMCA looking at what matters most for young people, when asked if the UK should remain part of the EU, 72% of the more than 2,000 young people surveyed said 'yes'.

The World's Young People Speak, Now We Need to Listen

Denise Hatton | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Denise Hatton

There is a story going on every day that goes untold, the story of injustices against young people. It is for this reason that 18 months ago YMCA embarked on a mission to change this, to speak to young people all over the world to hear about their lives and dreams, their threats and fears.

Six Ways Young People Think Job Centres Need to Change...

Richard Hughes | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Hughes

With youth unemployment stuck above pre-recession levels and the Government due to introduce a new Youth Obligation - the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at getting young people into work - YMCA went out and spoke to young people about the support they currently get and what they felt was needed to help them into work.

Village People's 'YMCA' Music Video Without The Music Is As Delightfully Silly As You'd Expect

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Hoorah! The maestro of musicless music videos - Mario Wienerroither - is back! Yes, hot on the heels of his version of 'Dancing In The Street', it'...

WATCH: Spider Dances To 'YMCA'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy

The peacock spider - or gliding spider - is, Wikipedia informs us, a native of Australia whose courtship dance is similar to those of genus Saitis. ...

Government's Relentless Cuts Have Contributed to the Problem of Sexual Violence in Gangs

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Girls are being sexually exploited on a massive scale, according to a report released this week entitled It's Wrong But You Get Used To It, the result of a two-year investigation into girls and gangs.

UK Aid and the Villagers of the West Bank

Joe Ware | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

Often wrongly portrayed as a wasteful, cumbersome arm of bureaucratic government which just throws money at a problem, British aid is actually extremely innovative and operates in some very troubled and sensitive environments.

Johnny Depp Performs YMCA At Party

WENN | Posted 27.10.2012 | Home

Johnny Depp let his cool image slip for just one night by performing the YMCA at David Furnish's birthday party. Johnny has a reputation for being ...

APPG Body Image Report Is Just One Part of a Larger Campaign

Jo Swinson | Posted 11.08.2012 | UK Style
Jo Swinson

We're currently planning a retailer roundtable on diversity and retouching to deepen the debate on the use and prevalence of retouching and the lack of diversity - whether shape, age or colour - in the media. We want to get all sides talking to come to a shared idea of what responsible retouching and real diversity looks like.

LOOK: Russian Bears Photographed 'Working Out' In Zoo Enclosure

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK Comedy

It's not often that we wish we'd been to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, but today we do. We really do, in fact. It's all because of this extra...

The Rising Tide of Men Suffering Body Imagine Anxiety

Rosi Prescott | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rosi Prescott

For countless years the female of the species has been under enormous pressure about her appearance, and the struggle only appears to have got worse in recent years. It appears that the contagion of body image insecurity that has historically afflicted women is beginning to infect men. Last year Central YMCA collaborated with the Centre for Appearance Research and the Succeed Foundation to undertake a major piece of research to better understand men's attitudes to their appearance.

Are British Children In The Grip Of A Body Image Crisis?

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Half of girls and a third of boys are willing to take drastic measures to reach their ideal body shape or weight, a study has found. The survey of ...